Five Kingston and Elmbridge nurseries under par


Four nurseries in Kingston have been told they ‘require improvement’, whilst a fifth pre-school has been branded ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted.

Toad Hall Nursery in Walton, Castle Stars Day Nursery in New Malden, Hook Pre-School in Hook, and Playtime Day Nursery in Surbiton have all been told they need to improve in Ofsted reports released in the last six weeks.

Stagecoach Montessori School in Hersham Road, Walton, was previously graded ‘outstanding’ in their July 2011 inspection, but inspectors have said it was ‘inadequate’ this May and that “staff whose suitability has not been checked are left unsupervised with children”, while “poor practice puts children’s welfare at significant risk of harm,” and that “the manager and staff do not supervise children adequately.”

Toad Hall in Cambridge Road was also rated ‘outstanding’ in July 2011 but was then criticised by the education watchdog for their “inconsistent” quality of teaching. The report stated “staff do not encourage children consistently to complete manageable tasks for themselves.”

Castle Stars in Manor Drive North were branded with ‘requires improvement’ this May as a result of failing to share information “well enough” with parents. Inspectors reported that “the manager does not evaluate provision accurately to identify breaches in requirements and areas for improvements.”

Hook Pre-School in Hook Road received a ‘satisfactory’ grading back in July 2013, but were told the effectiveness of leadership; personal development, behaviour, and welfare need to improve in their most recent inspection. However, teaching and children’s outcomes were graded as ‘good.’

Playtime Day Nursery in Surbiton was told they needed to improve “staff effectiveness in helping children to settle into new areas of the nursery” and “monitoring if or how addition funding improves the learning outcomes for children” in their most recent Ofsted inspection in June.

Toad Hall, Hook Pre-School and Playtime Day Nursery all declined to comment on their ratings due to continued discussions with Ofsted.

Castle Stars Manager Michelle Akintoye said she will look to hold a tea party with parents to improve communication as well as to display more children’s artwork within the setting.

A spokesman for Stagecoach Montessori said, “Following a recent inspection, we have implemented new procedures, largely due to the layout of the premises to meet expectations outlined in the report.

“We are working with Ofsted to improve our status in accordance with their new criteria and have informed parents of the changes. We will continue to cultivate an atmosphere of fun, creativity and learning in a safe environment.”



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